Mark Ó Fionnáin teaches Irish and English at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He has translated from both Russian and Polish into Irish, and is the author of Translating in Times of Turmoil, on the translations into Irish by Liam Ó Rinn of Adam Mickiewicz. He is a qualified Irish language translator and his main areas of interest and research include Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx, their literatures, and related issues of translation.
Talk: An Introduction to the Irish language
This talk aims to provide some basic information on the social history of Irish, from earliest times up to the present, to introduce some of the unique aspects of Irish as a Celtic language compared to other Standard Average European languages, and to show some basic Irish phrases.